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Obituary: Delbert Graham


Delbert Graham

Valdez man Delbert Graham died at his home late last month at the age of 62.

He was born February 22, 1956 in San Bernardino, California to Margaret and Paul Graham. He moved to anchorage in 1974 to take care of his grandmother, who was sick, and became an Alaskan through and through.

He worked for the Anchorage School District for 14 years and ran his own business, Special D, for many years. He had such a love for older model cars and was a licensed diesel mechanic. He was also an expert tropical fish hobbyist and loved nothing more than sharing his knowledge and joy with other enthusiasts. He taught Sunday School classes and was an usher at his church, Faith Harbor Fellowship.

Delbert was a very kind man, who was generous to a fault and was a personal friend of Jesus.

"He was a great father," his daughter said. "He was always positive, no matter what his circumstances. I can't ask for more."

He was preceded in death by his parents; his uncle Arthur Paul; and nephew Jason Ratliff.

He is survived by his daughter, DeShanna Graham Love, and son D'Andre Graham; grandchildren Janaiyah, Cornae, Cee`Ahny, Gracie and Dandre Jr.; sisters Vrililia Dedra Graham, Crystal Woods, Dana Ammons; and nieces and nephews who all loved him dearly.

A Celebration of Delbert's life in Valdez is May 18 at 7 p.m. at Faith Harbor Fellowship.


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